Tutorials

I have decided to open another page on the blog that will contain tutorials.  These tutorials may be on projects I have worked on - for example - the recent Double Easel card - & projects that have taken place during club meetings.  In fact it can also contain any tutorials that members may have they wish to share.

Spotlight Technique;
This is a revisited technique, some ladies have already done this - but to others it will be a new experience.

Materials required are 2 pieces of card, image stamp, inks & colouring medium of choice, 3-d foam pads.  

Stamp an image twice onto plain cardstock.  This can be a 'busy' design but experiment, as simple designs look just as impressive.
Choose which bit of the image you want to 'spotlight'.
HINT; Use an aperture style template which can be laid over the stamped images, to help to choose the best area and the preferred shape for the spotlight.
Next decided which part of the design is to be coloured.  This can be done one of two ways;
Colour the main large image, and leave the spotlight image white.
Or
Colour the spotlight image, leaving the main image white.
Either way is very effective.
The spotlight is then placed exactly over the matching part in the main image and is raised on 3-d foam pads.
A better finish is achieved if you edge the card that is the spotlight image with either ink or a second layer of a contrast coloured card cut very close in size.
If you Google 'Spotlight Technique' you will get loads of ideas.


Double Easel Card (sort of);
There is only any need to give you an example measurement - rather than actual measurements.  This is because the card needs to be twice as long as it is wide - here is the example - 8" x 4" (10cm x 5cm).  Oh dear - that's two measurements.
Materials;
3 pieces of card (twice as long as they are wide). 
Note; Square cards are very good for this, & it would take 3 of them.
Backing papers                      stamps or toppers                 ribbon        embellishments
Usual basic craft kit
Method;
Cut the first piece of card in half to create 2 squares.
Score & fold the second piece in half, then score & fold one half in half.
Repeat with the third piece.
This gives 2 square cards & 2 easel style cards.
Place in front of you as in the picture.
Apply adhesive to the inside back of the left hand card & adhere the back of the right hand card to it.  See picture.
the card should then look like this -
If closing the card with ribbon, put it in place now.  Cut a small slit in the 2 score lines each side of the centre back panel.  Thread the ribbon through remembering to pull plenty to one side for a side fastening.  Leave out of the way of the remaining work.
Use the 2 squares of card to create 2 toppers.  Also at this stage decorate the inside centre back panel. 
Next put the card parts together.  First adhere the centre back panel over the ribbon holding it in place.  The next stage is to adhere the front panels.  This needs to be done carefully.  Take a look at the next picture;
I am sorry the writing on the little cards has not come out as clear as I wanted.  But this is what you do -
To put the left hand topper in place - apply adhesive  to the right hand half of the left flap.  Then place the topper on to the flap by placing the only right hand half of the topper to the flap.
Repeat this for the right hand topper remembering to reverse the positioning of the adhesive & topper.  If you have made an easel card these instructions will make more sense. Here is the card with all decoration attached.
& finally with the card closed & tied with ribbon.  Look you can see the black mark.
The card closes by folding down the right hand flap first, then the left hand flap.
Sorry that one's a bit blurry.


Sorting card & paper stash (offcuts)

Have you got lots of paper & card left over from projects - does it look like this


& this


then time to sort it how & here is how I did mine.


First - sort the off cuts into sizes, doesn't matter about colour, patterns, whether paper or card.  Just sort by size.  It may be necessary to trim some a little.  Stack them together in reasonable sized batches & hold together with bulldog clips. Like this .....................


Clarifying the information above - I said sort the offcuts into sizes - the size I am talking about is the width of the offcuts - the lengths do not matter.  I should have shown one of my pads open then you would have seen the different lengths of the pages.

The most important thing is to make sure that all the sheets have one edge matching & level.  The batches in the photo above are going to be bound in landscape orientation - so the short edges have been evened & then the batch clipped together.


Cut a piece of spare paper a little wider than the batch & deep enough to wrap around from back to front including enough for the spine.  lay the batch on the paper & fold it around the batch crease well.  Next apply sticky adhesive - I used a tape mouse & made sure I put plenty on the spine area, then covered the rest of the paper. Place the batch on the sticky paper match the edge of the lower sheet against the crease of the spine.  Then fold the sticky paper round to the other side.  Press well especially on the spine. It is very important that the edges of the batch stick well into the spine.  Trim the excess paper at the sides.

Voila!  pads of spare card & paper.  When you want to use a piece - just gently ease it out, like any normal pad.


These now sit on a shelf of the bookcase at the side of my desk & I know I will be using them.  In the box I kept forgetting about them.  The gold & silver card & paper that were in the box have been put in plastic pockets & stored beside the pads.

Pop-up Card in a Box Tutorial

I have written a tutorial for this box - the first of two - you will find it by clicking HERE